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Understanding Trigger Point Therapy

How often do you experience pain? If you answered with “often,” you aren’t alone. As it turns out, American adults as a whole are in a lot of pain. 

A survey by the National Institutes of Health found that about 10.3% of Americans, or 23.4 million people, experienced a lot of pain on a daily basis. Beyond that, 55.7% of adults had some type of pain in the three months before the survey — that’s a jaw-dropping 126 million Americans.

Despite all this pain, Americans are willing to suck it up. The same survey found that half of those suffering with severe pain still rated their health as good overall. But you don’t have to suck it up. There are ways to decrease or even eliminate your pain, including trigger point therapy.

If you suffer from muscle pain, come see us at Physical Medicine & Wellness Center of Northern Kentucky. Led by Dr. Benton Dammel, our team is dedicated to helping you find relief from pain and other life-disrupting symptoms. That’s why we offer trigger point therapy for muscle pain.

What are trigger points?

Trigger points are often referenced in relation to myofascial pain syndrome, a chronic condition that most often impacts the back and neck. Trigger points are basically knots or specific areas of muscle that become sensitive and painful. 

The muscles in a knot can’t relax and may even be felt under the skin.

How trigger points form

Most trigger points form as a result of injury, imbalance, or overuse of a muscle group. Stress and anxiety may also lead to trigger points because tense, clinched muscles may eventually strain from overuse — even though the muscles aren’t exactly being exerted.

Pain from trigger points

In addition to pain at the site of the knot, some trigger points cause referred pain, or pain that’s felt in another part of the body. For example, a trigger point in the upper back may cause pain that shoots down your arm.

Treating trigger points manually

Manual therapy for trigger points looks a lot like regular chiropractic work. A massage therapist or chiropractor can use massage and stretching to “untie” the knot and relax the muscles. This is often all that’s needed for new trigger points. 

If a trigger point has been there for several years, however, it may need more than just manual therapy.

Trigger point injections

At Physical Medicine & Wellness Center, we use natural trigger point injections to relieve pain and inflammation around trigger points. Most trigger point injections use corticosteroids or cortisone, which treat pain but don’t do much to address the root cause of the trigger point. 

Instead, we use a natural botanical called Sarapin that helps lower inflammation and relieve pain almost immediately. We believe it’s a safe and natural alternative that works.

You don’t have to be one of the millions of Americans suffering from pain. Physical Medicine & Wellness Center of Northern Kentucky can help with trigger point therapy. Call our Florence, Kentucky, office today, or book your appointment online.

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